Access: open to the public
Acquisition: 2007, through a donation from the Fabius Township Citizens Coalition; two parcels subsequently added.
County: St. Joseph
Parking: gravel lot
Trails: 300-foot moderate walk along the edge of a scenic wetland to a short boardwalk and overlook.
From Kalamazoo, drive south on US-131 to Three Rivers, then turn right (west) onto Coon Hollow Rd. and continue for 1.7 miles. Turn left (south) on Ferguson Rd; the preserve sign and parking is on right.
This site contains spring fed wetlands that act as a headwater tributary for the Rocky River. The surrounding upland areas are good quality oak forests. Preserve expansion is ongoing as neighboring parcels are planned for donation. Active township volunteers provide regular support for environmental education opportunities.
SWMLC partnered with the Fabius Township Citizens Coalition (FTCC) and created Coon Hollow Preserve to protect wetlands along scenic Coon Hollow Road. It was identified by the FTCC as a critical natural and cultural resource that needed to be safeguarded when the owners decided to sell. Purchasing this property involved broad-based effort between local government, non-profit organizations, and businesses, with strong community involvement. Many of the private donations for the purchase were made in memory of the late Judy Johnson, a former president of the FTCC.
Coon Hollow Preserve is comprised of an impounded segment of the Kerr Creek and encompasses a relatively pristine wetland and adjacent wooded slope at the corner of Ferguson and Coon Hollow Roads in Fabius Township. The headwater marshes of the preserve contain a multitude of wildflowers and birds. Great blue herons, sandhill cranes, and wood ducks nest and feed on the site. The property also has historical significance, as it is the original site of the Coon Hollow from which the road was named.